Audio File #1 01:47:27
Democratic party activist and leader, 1960s-2000s, Maine historian and publisher, benefactor for progressive Maine organization.
Governor Kenneth Curtis, Augusta, Maine
Fraser Paper, Paper Industry - Maine, Labor Unions- Paper Industry, Paper Mill Strike - 1971
Key part of interview describes Governor's role in 1971 Fraser
strike, when he and Governor Curtis flew to strike site to bring an end
to violence. Also describes the rise of liberal Democratic leadership of
Maine state government in 1960s and 1970s.
Vivid account of meetings with union and company leaders on August 9
and August 10 in wake of violent confrontation on train tracks. Governor
Curtis got negotiations restarted that ultimately led to the end of the
strike. Rolde tells the story of Curtis's campaign to get elected as a
very young and liberal governor in 1966, how he helped Curtis to pass
progressive environmental policies and generally challenge the paper
industry's great political power. A signature accomplishment was
abolishing the notorious undemocratic "Governor's Council" typically
comprised of business leaders that had veto power over legislation and
executive and judge appointments.
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